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CPTC Recognizes Move On When Ready Partners

January 5, 2016 10:54 AM

Recently the Coastal Pines Technical College admissions staff hosted a luncheon, on the Jesup campus, to recognize high school leadership teams that promote and participate in the Move on When Ready (MOWR) program. 

President Glenn Deibert gave a brief college update.  Dr. Deibert explained that with the merger of Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College there are seven program sites or campuses and twenty-three adult education sites within the thirteen county service delivery area.  With the exception of Glynn and Camden counties, most of the area Coastal Pines Technical College serves is rural with 760 MOWR students and 1,100 adult education students. 

Dr. Deibert stated, “There are several programs that we offer for students that are unique to our area.”  The Railroad Systems Technology Program (Ware County), the Naval Apprenticeship Technology Program (Camden County) and the Timber Harvesting Program (Pierce County High School) meet the needs of the employers in the area while offering excellent opportunities for employment once students complete any of the programs. 

The majority of the MOWR courses are taught at the high school.  In most cases, the college faculty come to the high school and teaches to make it easier for students to schedule.  An example of such is the Master Timber Harvesting pilot program at the Pierce County High School, which has been very well received with strong enrollment.  Four high school coordinators serve the college’s area to coordinate enrollment and testing for entering MOWR. 

Looking to the future, Dr. Deibert stated, “There are more technical education opportunities than ever for students.  The classroom building at the Golden Isles campus is 98% complete and classes and faculty are gradually moving in as the new equipment arrives.  The Camden site at the College of Coastal Georgia campus is adding a full cosmetology suite and upgraded bookstore that is scheduled to open next fall and the Waycross campus will soon begin a construction project to expand the Welding/Computer Information System Technology programs into an enlarged classroom building to be complete within the next year.   And last but not least, we have been awarded $1.1M in design funds to start planning for a new campus in Camden County.”  

Gary Mealer, a Transition Career Partnership/JROTC Program Specialist from the Georgia Department of Education and Dianne Barker, a Secondary Education Initiatives State Coordinator from the Technical College System of Georgia presented information on the new MOWR program that began this fall.  Effective April 2009, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 149 establishing the Move On When Ready program that offered high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses.  This year the 2009 bill was amended with expanded opportunities effective July 1. 

The new MOWR simplified the old MOWR, Accel and HOPE Grant Dual Enrollment programs by rolling the three programs into one.  Under the old bill, in some cases, students incurred the costs of tuition, book and/or other fees.  The new law removes all costs for students and the classes are free .  Credits received through the program do not count against hour caps for HOPE or other grants.  Originally MOWR restricted dual-enrollment opportunities to high school juniors and seniors, but the new bill includes all 9-12 grade high school students who meet College entrance requirements. Ms. Barker encouraged the high school leaders in attendance to make sure that the students applying for the MOWR program are ready for college since the courses they take are not watered down in the program and know that there are 27 guaranteed courses that will transfer into any of the state colleges in Georgia.

Austin Johnson, CPTC executive director of students affairs, then recognized the high schools, that had the greatest number of dual credit students enrolled fall semester 2015 and the high schools that had the highest percentage of high school full-time equivalent (FTE) in the dual credit program at Coastal Pines Technical College fall semester 2015.  There are three divisions and each division has two awards given.   The awards presented by Mr. Johnson were as follows: 

Bacon County:  14.4% – Highest Percentage of High School Students enrolled in MOWR in Division 2


Left to right- Austin Johnson, Kate Bussey  (High School Coordinator), Amanda Williams (Bacon Co High School Guidance Counselor), Laine Reichert (Bacon Co Superintendent), and Trudy Smith (Bacon Co High School CTAE Director). 

Brantley County:  132 students – Largest Number of High School Students enrolled in MOWR in Division 2


Left to right - Austin Johnson, Nehemiah Cummings (Brantley County High School Principal), Lori McNease (Brantley County High School Counselor), Eryn Carter (Coastal Pines Technical College High School Coordinator), and Dr. Stuart Medley, Brantley County High School (CTAE Director/Assistant Principal).

Charlton County: 21.1% and 84 students- Highest Percentage and Largest Number of High School Students enrolled in MOWR in Division 1


Left to right - Austin Johnson, Crystal Brooks, (Charlton County High School Counselor), Dr. Josh Howard, Charlton County High School Principal), Eryn Carter (Coastal Pines Technical College High School Coordinator), Courtney Bryant  (Guidance Assistant), Heather Harris (Nurse Instructor Charlton County High School), Bruce Morgan (English Instructor Charlton County High School) and Dr. Josh Lairsey (Charlton County Superintendent).

Pierce County: 17.2% and 187 students - Highest Percentage and the Largest Number of High School Students enrolled in MOWR in Division 3 and – the Overall Award -the High School of the Year because the support given to the students for the MOWR program – (growth, number of programs, etc.)


Carley McDonald (Coastal Pines Technical College School Coordinator), Austin Johnson, Dara Bennett (Pierce County High School Principal), Angie Milton (Pierce County High School Counselor), and Tommy Doss (Pierce County High School Counselor).

For more information about the dual enrollment program, visit Coastal Pines Technical College at or call Austin Johnson at (912) 287-5806.


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